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IEC ready for Tlokwe by-elections

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it’s ready to conduct by-elections in Potchefstroom’s Tlokwe Municipality in the North West.

The by-elections will be held on the 24th of February.

Speaking at the signing of the code of conduct ceremony by political parties and independent candidates in Potchefstroom, IEC Deputy Chairperson, Terry Tselane, said they have corrected all the weaknesses they experienced in the last by-elections.

The by-elections follow a legal complaint by independent candidates that the IEC allowed some voters, who were not supposed to vote in the area, to vote.

The Constitutional Court nullified the vote, and ordered fresh by-elections.

Terry says it’s all systems go.

“We are ready. With these by-elections, we have done every little thing to make sure that we address all the weaknesses that were identified by the Constitutional Court. But also whatever weakness that we identified within the system we have been working here, I have been spending a lot of time here as a commissioner to make sure that the process is smooth. To make sure I motivate our people to be able to do the right thing which is ensuring that the elections are free and fair,” adds Terry.

The main political parties to contest next month’s Tlokwe by-elections are, the African National Congress (ANC), Congress of the People (COPE), the Democratic Alliance (DA) and independent candidates.

In ensuring the smooth running of the by-elections, those who will be contesting elections have signed a code of conduct.

About 23 000 potential voters in all the seven wards are reported to have registered for the by elections.

Candidates contesting elections are expected to register on the 22nd of January.

– By Patrick Dintwa

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